I always loved the lessons in school where the teacher made you pick a country to research and do a presentation. I always wanted to find food to go with my presentations because who doesn’t love food. Countries have their own traditions and some holidays come with their own as well.
Branching out and learning about the food traditions for holidays that are celebrated by other religions, nationalities or any group can provide new insight. You might find that your celebration has more in common with theirs than you thought or you might better understand their viewpoints. Or you might just find out about some tasty recipes.
There are probably a few holidays and celebrations you might not know a lot about like Ramadan, Passover, or Day of the Dead. They are all heavily steeped in food traditions. That is really the tip of the iceberg too. There are so many traditions around the world it would take me forever to list them all, but you get the point. If you research your family tree or do one of those new DNA tests that show you what nationalities you are it might give you more ideas on traditions to research.
Even holidays you do celebrate have different food traditions around the world. For instance, Mardi Gras isn’t only for New Orleans, beignets and copious amounts of drinking. The Polish have a filled pastry called a Paczki. The Germanys make a doughnut called fastnacht and many Americans serve pancake dinners.
New Year’s foods also vary around the world. Most of them have one thing in common though, they all should bring good luck in the coming year. Chinese New Year is full of wonderful traditions that center around food.
What is your favorite food tradition?0